|Barked: Sun Jul 6, '08 9:17am PST |
|I was in Wal Mart yesterday, and out of curiosity, asked the cashier if they many SD teams in the store. It won't be all that long until I will be one in the store and want to judge the climate so I will know what I'm in for. Her first response was "What? Blind dogs?" So, I briefly explained that a service dog is a dog that mitigates any disability. She said, "we see one or two a week. But not for much longer." She said it was against Wal Mart policy for ANY animal being in the store. She also said that, "we have food. It is unclean for animals to be around food. You know, like restaurants". I told her that the ADA is federal law and SD teams have access rights everywhere, including restaurants and Wal Mart. She wanted to know why I was asking, and I explained that I have a SD in training who will soon be with me. She said, "You aren't disabled. You can see, you can hear, you can walk. You don't need a SD". I then explained that many people have invisible disabilities that SDs alert to and allow the person to be independent and able to function. Then she says, "What ever, that doesn't matter anyway. Wal Mart is challenging the ADA in court and we will have it over turned so NO animal is allowed in the store." To that I said, "Yeah, not gonna happen."
Now, my commentary.....
1st...my dogs are cleaner then over half the hilly billy hicks in my wal mart.
2nd...My state gives protection to SDIT, but I will not take either of them in until the final stages of training. Not until they have their CGC and are just about ready to come out of "in training"
3rd...Wal Mart's a big company, but able to over turn the ADA, I doubt it.
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